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Other Parts
This website has done much to contribute to the growing field of aftermarket 10/22 parts supply! Among them are many parts that have done much good, and some that are for looks or fun only.

A polyurethane bolt buffer is considered by many to be a "must have". It replaces the steel pin that the Ruger bolt slams into upon firing, and softens that blow to the receiver. Other than a quieter ride, it benefits you by extending the lifespan of these two important parts. For $5, how could you not get one?


Volquartsen sells a bolt-on compensator that is designed to "redirect gasses" and further stabilize or align the bullet. No word on whether they actually work or not. Likewise, there are a few forum members of this site that manufacture their own "dress up" compensators/brakes/flash hiders - though they all say they're primarily for fun.


Some companies sell replacement charging handles & guide rods. Other than the comfort of a larger gripping surface, they boast having better polished rods for smoother action, and different spring tensions.


The stock Ruger mag release must have been designed by a proctologist! Almost ANY aftermarket mag release is better than the Ruger design. They can be found by almost all aftermarket 10/22 companies in aluminum, titanium, and plastic. Prices range from $5 to $50 - for easy mag changes, it's worth it!


Ruger's bolt catch mechanism also leaves a lot to be desired; not the way it holds the bolt, but how it releases! I'm sure we've all fumbled with that stupid tab for way too long when we could have been shooting. A simple $10 part fixes that problem with something that easily releases. This is a common DIY mod that is well discussed on this website. Researching the Tips & Tricks forum should find this post: 10/22 Bolt Release.



Ammunition
It's no secret that match rimfire ammunition will outperform bulk ammo. But because each manufacturer will load a 22 differently, as well as offering different grades and styles, and different lot #'s, each of those will perform differently in YOUR gun. It is up to you to ultimately test and decide which ammunition works best for your intended uses. Try out all the various companies and styles of their ammo - and not just match ammo either, but regular grades as well - and never be afraid to try out something new.

Aguila
CCI
Eley
Federal
Hornady
Lapua
Remington
SK Ammunition
RWS
Winchester
Wolf

Gunsmithing
Much can be done by a gunsmith. What a custom shop does to a handmade guitar or a speed shop does to a hotrod, a gunsmith does to a gun. From the factory, firearms are made with safety, reliability, and user friendliness in mind. But when building custom firearms, we're often left with certain factors, like trigger pull or excessively loose chambers, that adversely affect accuracy. A gunsmith can modify and adjust the parts of your rifle, whether they be stock or aftermarket, to realize the full potential of all the pieces and the combinations thereof. It is a step that should be considered, but not considered completely necessary.

You need not have a full custom gun to realize the benefits of visiting a gunsmith - they can work on a completely stock gun and get it to shoot just as well as the ful custom gun; likewise, they can make fully custom firearms shoot better. Costs of gunsmithing vary depending on the job at hand, the extent of the work, and the gunsmith himself. The most common gunsmith jobs from RimfireCentral are trigger jobs and bolt rework. I already mentioned bolt work above, so I'll only quickly mention trigger work here. For a little more than twice the price of a hammer kit, a gunsmith can alter the components of the Ruger 10/22 trigger group to get better results than the hammer kit, along with a higher quality trigger feel and operation. This is a case not of someone replacing parts, but modifying YOUR parts to work at their best.